September 17, 2018
The Diversity & Inclusion Leader Award recognizes the REAP member that strives to break down barriers to employment for those with disabilities or different backgrounds and provide an accommodating and supportive work environment.
“I felt it was an important award to support because it helps invoke why Universal Access exists,” says Universal Access CEO and Head Chair Sean Crump. “Striving for equal opportunity and an inclusive thought process behind the work force.”
The nominees for this inaugural award are as follows:
Adventure with Purpose is a travel company that specializes in immersive cultural and conservational learning experiences. When travelling, Adventure with Purpose exclusively works with local guides to provide an authentic experience and a chance to share across diverse cultures. It also partners with various non-profits around the world to educate its travellers and donates a portion of ticket sales to these organizations. One such partner is Embrace Ability in Cambodia, which is dedicated to increasing awareness and quality of life for Cambodians with disabilities.
Dryleaf makes compostable plates out of fallen leaves sourced directly from coastal India. It hires locals – many of whom live in poverty -- to harvest the leaves and form the plates then, in addition to providing a sustainable livelihood, Dryleaf provides financial consultation and advice to help employees manage their finances and health and hygiene programs to improve their healthy lifestyle.
SPUD is a grocery delivery company specializing in organic and locally-sourced goods. The company makes a continuous effort not only to hire those with disabilities but to also make them feel included and supported (such as a morning ritual of learning a new ASL sign from its three hearing-impaired warehouse employees).
Versett is a tech-based advertising firm that strives to create an inclusive environment at work. It is Versett’s goal to ensure that people of all races, religions, genders and sexualities are welcome and represented in the office, and create an atmosphere of awareness and empathy through ongoing education and research, which Versett openly provides to other organizations wishing to accomplish the same goals.
Sean hopes this award brings more awareness to diversity and inclusion by “supporting and giving credit to companies that already have these stipulations and policies in place.”
Click the links above to vote for your favourite nominee before the window closes Sunday night!
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